Malaysian Computing Competition 2013

The registration for MCC 2013 is now open.

Visit the following website for details and registration:

http://ioimalaysia.org/mcc

The MCC is organized by the Malaysian Informatics and Programming Society & Kulliyyah of ICT, IIUM.

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What is MCC?

The Malaysian Computing Competition (MCC) is a paper-based contest that is used as a preliminary selection round for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The MCC was founded in 2012 to fill the need for a programming contest for Malaysian high schools students.

Malaysia first participated in the IOI 2011 (Thailand) as an invited observer, before sending full teams to IOI 2012 (Italy) and IOI 2013 (Australia). MCC 2013 is the preliminary selection round for the Malaysian team to the IOI 2014 that will be held in Taiwan.

IOI is the most prestigious high school programming competitions in the world. It is organized under the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). IOI is the fourth oldest among the Science Olympiads for high school students. Even though the competition is among high school students, the standard is extremely high and the problems in the IOI would challenge even the top professional programmers.

Official website of IOI: http://www.ioinformatics.org/index.shtml

Date and Time

The competition will take place on 18 September 2013, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

Venue

The competition is to be administered directly at your school, simultaneously with all the other participating schools.

During registration, a Teacher-in-Charge should be appointed by each participating school. The Teacher-in-Charge is responsible for registering the participants, paying the registration fee, safekeeping the competition package, administering the competition, and returning the answer scripts to the MCC 2013 Secretariat for processing.

Competition Procedure

  1. Complete the Registration Form and submit your registration along with the payment. Only teachers or lecturers should do the registration.
  2. Once received, we will confirm your registration via email within 3 working days.
  3. One week before the competition, we will courier the competition package. The Teacher-in-Charge is responsible to safe-keep the package until competition day.
  4. On competition day, the Teacher-in-Charge will administer the test according to the instructions given in the competition package.
  5. After the competition, the Teacher-in-Charge will sign the honor code and return the answer scripts to the MCC 2013 Secretariat.
  6. In approximately one month, the results will be announced and the certificates will be mailed to the schools.

Eligibility

The MCC is open to all Malaysian students and international students studying in Malaysia who (i) have not enrolled in university, and (ii) are born later than 18 September 1993. In particular, students in Malaysian public and private schools/colleges are eligible to enter.

Format and Sample Questions

The MCC is an individual written exam that covers math and logical problems related to algorithms and programming. Students are required to write only the answers to the questions.

The time given is 1 hour 30 minutes (3.00pm to 4.30pm).

Students are not allowed to use a calculator. The only instruments allowed are pencil/pen, eraser, and rough paper. No computer programming experience is necessary.

You may download a sample paper and the actual MCC 2012 paper:

MCC Sample Problems

MCC 2012 paper (note: the time given for MCC 2012 is 1 hour; whereas the time given for MCC 2013 is 1 hour 30 minutes.)

There are some sample papers (with solutions) on the Australian Informatics Competition website: http://www.amt.edu.au/aicsample.html

Categories and Awards

There are three categories for the MCC:

  1. Bongsu / Junior – Form 1, 2, 3
  2. Muda / Intermediate – Form 4, 5
  3. Sulung / Senior – Form 6 (lower & upper), Pre-U (Matriculation, Foundation Studies, IB, A-Levels, etc.)

All students will sit for the same paper, but prizes will be awarded by category. Primary school students who are interested can also take part in the Bongsu category.

There will be individual and team prizes. Individual prizes are Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention awards. The best performing five students in each category will automatically be in the school’s team. Teams are ranked according to the total of their individual scores. Team prizes are also Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention awards.

Please consider sending at least five students per category. This would allow your school to qualify for a team prize.

Fee

The registration fee for MCC 2013 is RM 15 per participant, or RM 12 per participant if there are 31 or more participants from one school.

Beyond MCC

The MCC is the preliminary selection process of a year-long program to identify and train the top programming talents in Malaysian schools.

The top scorers in MCC will be invited to participate in the Malaysian Computing Olympiad (MCO), a real-time C++ programming competition, to be held tentatively in March 2014. A seminar will be held at KICT, IIUM, tentatively in December 2013 to explain about the MCO in more details to the invited participants.

The top scorers in MCO will be called for a series of intensive training camps conducted by former IOI participants. Students who qualify at this level will participate in Asia Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO), an annual online contest among countries in the Pacific Rim region. Official website of APIO: http://www.apio.olympiad.org/

After the training camps and APIO, the best four students will be selected to represent Malaysia in IOI 2014 which will take place in Taiwan on 13-20 July 2014. Official website of IOI 2014: http://www.ioi2014.org/

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One Response to Malaysian Computing Competition 2013

  1. OP says:

    Would the Gold Medalist of individual event entitle for the Malaysian Computing Olympiad (MCO)?

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